Cravings [noun]: intense desires occurring during pregnancy for specific--and often strange--foods, courtesy of shifting hormones, nutrient deficiencies, or the mind seeking calmness.

Pregnancy is often a period of time when our relationship with food becomes complicated. Whether or not you’ve had a troubled relationship with food in the past, it can be tough to find the line between indulging a craving reasonably and overdoing it -- both on the mind and the body.

The human body is an incredible machine: it has all kinds of ways to communicate its needs, so it’s to our benefit to listen to its signals. Sometimes you just need a cheeseburger (and any mama who’s been around the block knows that nothing is going to come between you and that cheeseburger). And you should give yourself permission to listen to what your body asks for.

But sometimes your body is craving something more specific that you might be able to fulfill in other ways. Determine where the need stems from, and seek out healthful options to nourish not only your body but your mind, too.

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Having a newborn is challenging at the best of times, but during forced isolation and in a climate of fear and uncertainty, it can become overwhelming.

The coronavirus pandemic is setting up our communities for genuine mental health concerns. This may be especially true for new parents. When will 'normal' life return? How will I pay for diapers and baby food? Will my mom be able to help us now? What if my baby or my family get COVID-19? Unfortunately, no one knows the long-term impact or answers just yet.

Most families have built a network of social support by the time they have their first child—if they don't already have a support system, they develop one through various baby classes and groups set up for parents. The creation of the village can be instrumental to the mental health of new parents. Social distancing, the lockdown of cities, and isolation will inadvertently affect the type of support available.

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Raising a mentally strong kid doesn't mean he won't cry when he's sad or that he won't fail sometimes. Mental strength won't make your child immune to hardship—but it also won't cause him to suppress his emotions.

In fact, it's quite the opposite. Mental strength is what helps kids bounce back from setbacks. It gives them the strength to keep going, even when they're plagued with self-doubt. A strong mental muscle is the key to helping kids reach their greatest potential in life.

But raising a mentally strong kid requires parents to avoid the common yet unhealthy parenting practices that rob kids of mental strength. In my book, 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do, I identify 13 things to avoid if you want to raise a mentally strong kid equipped to tackle life's toughest challenges:

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